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U.S. star Clint Dempsey still not ready to start

Gold Cup Quarterfinals - Jamaica v United States

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19: Clint Dempsey #8 of the United States looks on before match against Jamaica during the 2011 Gold Cup Quarterfinals on June 19, 2011 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The United States won 2-0. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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Whatever happens for the United States on Wednesday against the mighty Brazilians, it will happen without the Fulham star, who is being cautious with groin injury.

Dempsey participated in the team’s open practice Monday (attended by more than 2,000 at the University of Maryland), but was limited in his movement. Afterward, he admitting that a start hardly looked promising.

No, I couldn’t [start],” he said. “I don’t think I’d be able to go a complete 90 minutes and I don’t think you should put yourself in the position to take up a spot of a guy who has more fitness than you. But I’m going to continue to work hard and try to get my fitness up and if I do get into the game, I want to make an impact.”

Dempsey hasn’t played since May 6, Fulham’s next-to-last match.